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Frank Kim, Ph.D., MSW

Director​ (he, him, his)

Frank is a licensed psychologist and joined the Counseling Center in January, 2016 as the director. He received his Maste​r of Social Welfare (MSW) degree at the University of California, Berkeley and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology through the University of Colorado at Boulder. Frank has worked in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health, non-profit organizations and national mental health advocacy settings. Areas of expertise include multicultural counseling and services, community-based mental health services, community psychology, diversity training and blended/integrative (health and behavioral health) care. 

Amanda Lewis, MA, LPC

Assistant Director
(she, her, hers)

Amanda Lewis is a full-time Clinician and Clinical Supervisor. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Specializing in couples, families, relationship issues, anxiety, depression and challenges associated with major life events/transitions. She received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from CU Boulder.  

​Melody Brown, Ph.D​, LPC

Psychotherapist (she, her, hers)

Melody is a full-time clinical supervisor and psychotherapist at the counseling center. Melody also maintains a small private practice focusing on clinical work, supervision and consultation. Melody is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), a clinical fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT approved supervisor in training. She completed her MA from Northeast Louisiana University and her PhD from Syracuse University, both in marriage and family therapy. She specializes in working with adolescents, couples and families through a social justice lens.​

Cynthia Chen, Ph.D. 

Licensed Psychologist, Crisis Coordinator, Psychotherapist

(she, her, hers)

Cynthia Chen is the Crisis Coordinator in addition to her roles as a clinician and clinical supervisor at the CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with children, adolescents and their families who have been impacted by various types of trauma (e.g., medical, abuse/neglect) or are struggling with behavioral issues. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.

Dianna Cordero, M.A., LPC, NCC 

Clinical Counselor/Veteran Specialist​

(they, them, theirs)

Dianna is a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in veteran and military populations at the counseling center. Dianna received their Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Campbell University and their Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are also a Nationally Certified Counselor and in the state of North Carolina they are a Certified Clinical Military Counselor. In addition to their military specialization, Dianna’s areas of expertise concern anxiety reduction, depression recovery, EMDR, mindfulness-based stress reduction and queer and non-binary populations.

Heather Hurd, MA, LPC
(she, her, hers)

Heather Hurd joined the Counseling Center in 2016 as a full time licensed psychotherapist. Over the last 16 years Heather’s clinical experience has included individual, group and family therapy, with a focus on the adolescent female population and topics specific to them. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. 

Heather Aberle, MA, LPC​

   (she, her, hers)

Heather Reynolds, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy. Heather Reynolds is a part time licensed Psychotherapist at the Counseling Center. She also has a private practice working with adolescents and adults. Heather completed her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado Denver. Heather is both a Licensed Counselor and Certified Hypnotherapist.  Heather specializes in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) which is designed to quickly and painlessly "clear" the distress associated with trauma or other disturbing events. Heather utilizes RRT to treat and "clear" PTSD, depression, phobias, anxiety, abuse, assault, anger, guilt, grief and loss, social anxiety and relational trauma.

Kristen Shader, M.Ed/Ed.S, LPC
(she, her, hers)

Kristen is a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)/Psychotherapist at the counseling center. Kristen received her M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. Kristen works with both individuals and groups and specializes in anxiety, depression, substance abuse concerns, radical self-acceptance and the use of creativity and mindfulness in therapy. 



Emergency Contact:

Tivoli 454 (4th floor)
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Crisis Walk In Hours
Available to CU Denver Students

Monday - Thursday
10:00a.m - 4:00p.m.

11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

Emergency After Hours
for CU Denver students


Counseling Center

​Tivoli 454 (4th floor) 
900 Auraria Parkw​ay 
Denver, CO 80204 

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Walk-Ins Welcome

M-Th: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: 303.315.7270
Fax: 303.315.7275 

CU Denver

1201 Larimer Street

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